One of the things that really stood out for both the Search Committee and the Board was (Dr. Williamson’s) ~State Board Chair Scott Shook business experience.
On August 11, Dr. James C. “Jimmie” Williamson, the new president of the North Carolina Community College System, visited the campus of Randolph Community College for the first time as part of a regional visit. Several regional meetings were held across the state over a three-month period to allow Dr. Williamson and State Board members the opportunity to meet with presidents and board chairs and to give Dr. Williamson a short but powerful overview of the opportunities and issues within the System. RCC hosted one of these meetings and welcomed presidents and board chairs from Alamance, Davidson, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Rockingham, Surry, RowanCabarrus and Sandhills community colleges, as well as two members
of the State Board of Community Colleges and staff from the office of the North Carolina Community College System. Dr. Williamson received a special tour of campus with RCC President Dr. Robert S. Shackleford and visited several areas on the main campus, including the Richard Petty Education Center, Photography, the new Cosmetology Center, and the Continuing Education and Industrial Center. Before assuming the role at NCCCS, Dr. Williamson served two years as president and CEO of the South Carolina Technical College System after rising through roles from registrar to dean to two college presidencies and then to system president.
AT A GLANCE:
Dr. James C. “Jimmie” Williamson became the eighth president of the North Carolina Community College System on July 1, 2016. Before assuming the role at NCCCS, he served two years as president and CEO of the South Carolina Technical College System, where the highlights of his tenure included working with South Carolina university partners to smooth transfer pathways, chairing a special Senate proviso committee to develop a comprehensive workforce development strategy to help close the skills gap, and working with companies such as Volvo, Michelin, Continental, BMW and more on industry-specific worker training. Additionally, he has been at the helm of South Carolina’s nationally recognized apprenticeship program and was named State Employee of The Year by the South Carolina Association of Regional Councils in 2015. Dr. Williamson holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Winthrop University, as well as a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina. A long-time Rotarian, Dr. Williamson served as District Governor of Rotary District 7770 in 2014-15. His community involvement includes having served as board member of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and as a member of various economic development boards. He formerly served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Chesterfield County School Board and the Winthrop University Board of Trustees. Additionally, he was named “Citizen of the Year” from the Williamsburg Hometown Chamber of Commerce.
RCC President Robert S. Shackleford (right) shows Dr. Williamson (left) and other visitors through the Richard Petty Education Center.
Don Ashley (left), Automotive Systems Technology department head, watches as Dr. Williamson takes a photo of Richard Petty memorabilia in the Richard Petty Education Center.
~ reprinted from the NCCCS website, http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/ about-us/north-carolina-communitycollege-president
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